FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wall Street Journal:Global spending on renewable energy is outpacing investment in electricity from coal, natural gas and nuclear power plants, driven by falling costs of producing wind and solar power.More than half of the power-generating capacity added around the world in recent years has been in renewable sources such as wind and solar, according to the International Energy Agency.In 2016, the latest year for which data is available, about $297 billion was spent on renewables—more than twice the $143 billion spent on new nuclear, coal, gas and fuel oil power plants, according to the IEA. The Paris-based organization projects renewables will make up 56% of net generating capacity added through 2025.Once supported overwhelmingly by cash-back incentives, tax credits and other government incentives, wind- and solar-generation costs have fallen consistently for a decade, making renewable-power investment more competitive.Renewable costs have fallen so far in the past few years that “wind and solar now represent the lowest-cost option for generating electricity,” said Francis O’Sullivan, research director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Energy Initiative.Sustained government support in Europe and other developed economies spurred the development of renewable energy. But costs have fallen for other reasons. China invested heavily in a domestic solar-manufacturing industry, creating a glut of inexpensive solar panels. Innovation helped manufacturers build longer wind-turbine blades, creating machines able to generate substantially more power at a lower cost.Renewable-energy plants also face fewer challenges than traditional power plants. Nuclear-power plants have been troubled by mostly technical delays, while plants burning fossil fuels face regulatory uncertainties due to concerns about climate change. And pension funds, seeking long-term stable returns, have invested heavily in wind farms and solar parks, allowing developers to get cheaper financing.“It is just easier to get renewables built,” said Tony Clark, a former member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. “There is that much less opposition to it.”More ($): Global Investment in Wind and Solar Energy Is Outshining Fossil Fuels Global investment in wind and solar doubles that in gas, nuclear, and coal
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:Annual wind capacity additions in the Asia Pacific region (excluding China) are expected to reach 12.1 gigawatts (GW) by 2022 according to new research from MAKE Consulting, more than double the capacity added by the end of 2017 of 5.5 GW.The new report, Asia Pacific (excl. China) Wind Power Outlook 2018, was published this week by MAKE Consulting (recently a Wood Mackenzie company), and predicted that not only would annual wind capacity additions in the region reach a peak of 12.1 GW, but that over 96 GW would be added over the next 10 years thanks to market dynamics at play in India, Australia, and Taiwan. As a result, cumulative wind capacity in the region is likely to hit 141 GW in 10 years.MAKE focused primarily on those three countries. Specifically, in India, MAKE Senior Analyst Robert Liew believes that wind development will achieve record years of new added capacity but that growth prospects could be limited by grid limitations, an issue which continues to plague the Indian energy sector no matter the technology type. As the country transitions to an auction system — as compared to the previously-traditional government financial support mechanism — the growth of the wind energy industry in India is reliant upon large-scale auctions which have allowed wind prices to drop by over half in just under a year. Unsurprisingly, therefore, the Indian central government is now targeting upwards of 10 GW of new auctions every financial year.Conversely, according to Liew, “Political uncertainty over replacement of the national renewable energy target in Australia hinders growth potential.” As has been highlighted recently, the Australian renewable energy sector receives little-to-no support from the Federal Government due to the mammoth entrenched interests in the country’s coal industry present in the current ruling party, headed by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. This has been taken to new heights with political infighting over the proposed National Energy Guarantee (NEG) which doesn’t even warrant the title of “middle ground option” between the two ideological points of view regarding renewable energy. As such, renewable energy growth is driven at the State- and commercial-level, as well as market economics that stem from the competitiveness of onshore wind’s Levelized Cost of Energy (LCoE).Meanwhile, as has also been repeatedly highlighted of late, the Taiwan wind sector is being driven almost single-handedly by its offshore wind energy potential and its recent auctions which recently awarded over 5 GW to numerous bidders. What will be most important to watch is the role that Taiwan begins to play as a regional hub for the development of offshore wind, as well as the country’s own future ambitions.More: Asia Pacific Annual Wind Capacity To Climb Over 12 Gigawatts By 2022 Report: Asian wind power capacity to top 141 GW by 2027
Massachusetts moves ahead with 1,600MW PV incentive plan FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享MASS Live:State officials today announced the imminent launch of SMART — a long-awaited solar incentive program designed to add 1,600 megawatts of photovoltaic capacity to the Massachusetts energy portfolio.Following two years of planning and negotiation, the Department of Public Utilities on Wednesday approved provisions of the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target. The DPU order came days after a coalition of solar groups wrote to state energy officials urging that SMART, which was supposed to be launched over the summer, be implemented as soon as possible to maintain investor confidence in the industry.SMART features a flat tariff paid by investor-owned utilities to owners of solar arrays smaller than 5 megawatts, with added incentives for projects that meet certain policy goals. Commercial, industrial, and residential installations can qualify.“This is the most stable and predictable solar policy in the country,” said Patrick Woodcock, the state’s assistant energy secretary. SMART will replace solar renewable energy credits, or SRECs. The SRECs can be volatile because they are traded on an open market, said Woodcock. Projects that already generate SRECs will get to keep doing so for the 10-year life of the certificates.SMART contains an incentive for solar projects paired with storage. The technology, often in the form of batteries, helps renewable energy participate in wholesale power markets. Storage also helps utilities meet “peak demand” with low-emission sources. SMART also favors projects built on less-than-pristine sites — creating a disincentive for solar farms planned on clean agricultural or forest land.Massachusetts now has around 2,200 megawatts of solar capacity. Adding another 1,600 megawatts will push solar to around ten percent of the state’s annual electricity needs, according to the administration.More: State finally launches new solar incentive known as SMART
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:The global wind industry will add more than 626GW of new capacity — representing more than $1trn of investment — over the 2019-28 period, according to a new report from Navigant Research.This represents more than a doubling of the 591.1GW of wind installed around the world at the end of 2018, adding up to a total of more than 1,217GW (1.2TW).This tenfold growth in “wind capacity value” will be “led by countries in Asia-Pacific and non-traditional markets in Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa,” said Jesse Broehl, senior research analyst with Navigant Research.The global offshore market will experience a 16% compound annual growth rate over the period, with China, Taiwan and Europe being the leading markets, according to the Global Wind Energy Overview report.The study says that 51.4GW of wind was installed globally in 2018, down from the 52.9GW recorded in 2017. The Global Wind Energy Council put the 2018 figure at 51.3GW.“This growth is flat but behind these top-line figures resides profound shifts throughout global wind power markets and promising outlooks on the future of the industry throughout most global markets,” says the report.[Leigh Collins]More: Global wind capacity to more than double to 1.2TW by 2028: report Navigant Research sees global wind capacity doubling by 2028, topping 1,217GW
The Mizuno Wave Rider 15 is loaded with tech.I’m a casual runner in every sense of the phrase. I’ll log a few miles a few times a week, anything more than that and I’m running the risk of extreme tiredness. Being a casual runner, I don’t know that much about running gear, which consists mainly of shoes since that appears to be the only piece of gear that matters – for example I witnessed a man coming in from what appeared to be a significantly taxing jog while wearing tight black hipster jean cutoffs. I knew it was a jog and not an emergency because he was wearing running shoes and not jellies. He also checked his mailbox before heading for the door, which had a sign on it that said, “Poverty Barn.”You can draw your own conclusions from that previous paragraph, but that guy is my neighbor.Aaaaanyway. I got a sweet new pair of kicks to review, specifically the Mizuno Wave Rider 15 running shoe, and I’m all about new kicks because I have this weird shoe/sock OCD. I had never worn a Mizuno shoe, much less run in one, up to this point – and too be honest with you, I thought they only made baseball and golf equipment. Surprise! I had on my feet the Mizuno running flagship; and on top of that, this was the 15th anniversary of the series, so they have been in the game for a while to say the least.Industry, Science, and TechnologyMizuno set out to make the perfect running shoe and they think they have with the Mizuno Wave Rider 15. The Wave in Wave Rider refers to Mizuno’s Wave Technology, which uses the natural waves (sound, tidal, stadium) of nature to produce a more perfect midsole. That is about all I can gather from their description; I assume its actual functionality is borderline magic, if not heresy.Wave Technology is supposed to provide a more gentle ride while reducing weight and keeping you balanced over the shoe – which it does. Not sure what waves have to do with it because as anyone who has been blindsided by a double overhead at the beach or an air-horn at any moment in time, those waves are not gentle. Lucky for us, the ones in the bottom of the shoe are more like the stadium variety, good wholesome fun for the whole family.The Wave Rider 15 also utilize Mizuno innovations called SmoothRide Engineering™ (“Minimizes the rapid acceleration and deceleration of the foot during transition, creating the smoothest ride possible”) and Dynamotion Fit™ (“Relives the stress the foot naturally places on footwear, eliminating distortion for the perfect fit”). So you’ve got that going for you when you lace them up.HumanityIt’s still a shoe, right?Yup, so the only way to know if the technology lives up to the lofty standards is to get some miles in.Essentially, all this moody technology thrown into one shoe makes the Wave Rider 15 a running quiver of one. Long distance, intervals, races, looking fly while walking the dog, this shoe covers it all due to its light weight (10.6 oz) and lock down fit. My foot runs very narrow and for this reason I’ve mainly chosen Nike because it usually runs narrower than the rest and I get a better fit without having to cinch up like a corset. The Wave Rider 15’s heel and mid foot wrap my foot up nice and snug, which is the main thing I care about. The heel cup performs especially well on my slippery heels.Apparently the magic of Wave Technology works like a charm because my feet could not be happier with the cushioning. Heel to toe is fluid and gentle, even on cement. I also like the stiffness of the shoe, although this has been a source of contention on the internets for diehard Wave Rider fans. A stiffer shoe appeals to more people than a floppy racing flat-esque runner so Mizuno gave the people what they wanted.The Wave Rider 15 also runs true to size so go with what you know for the best fit.All in all, the Wave Rider 15 is a great running shoe that blends cushioning, lightness and support exceptionally well. Throw in the durability factor and this could be the last shoe you’ll ever need.
Smartwool is jumping into the running short game in the Spring of 2013. They will be offering a run short which has a 5” inseam as well as a long run short that have a 7” inseam. Smartwool sent me a pair of their Long Run Shorts to test, and over the course of this fall and winter I put them through their paces.Let’s start with the positives about these shorts. First they are incredibly comfortable. The internal brief is made of merino wool and not only provides excellent support; it is also comfortable and does not chafe or rub in any areas. You runners out there know that there is nothing worse than an uncomfortable pair of shorts. I was sent the Graphite colored shorts and they are quite attractive with a lime colored brief, which provides a great contrast to the gray.For Smartwool’s first offering they did a great job with a few of the more technical aspects of the shorts. First they managed to put a pocket on the shorts. A zippered back pocket that is just big enough for a set of keys or a gel. For a race day short sure you don’t need a pocket, but for all the runs out your door or those longer runs a little pocket is quite nice. I do most of my weekday runs in the evening. This is when my running partner is available, so I try to take precautions to be safe. Reflectors, lights, etc are a must and the Smartwool shorts have full 360-degree reflectivity plus a reflective logo on the right hem. I think this is great because even if you forget a blinkie you at least have a bit of flash to help make you visible.Now to move onto a few things that I think could be improved. First up is the drawstring. To get the short sufficiently snug I felt like I really had to crank down on the drawstring, which stretches a lot. I ended up with a lot of excess drawstring and think having a thicker less stretchy drawstring material could help. My next complaint, my last, is more of a preference than a complaint really. I ran cross-country and track in high school and am used to a shorter short. I had a tough time enjoying the length of the long run short. With a 7” inseam they came to my knees, and while I never had an issue with the material grabbing at my thigh, it just wasn’t what I am used to. I suggest going with the regular run short (5” inseam) and not the long version if you are used to shorter shorts. On the flip side of this I am sure there are an equal amount of people who are excited for the long option so they aren’t flashing their thighs to the general public.Overall I think these shorts are a great addition to Smartwool’s running gear quiver. A merino brief is amazing, and I think with a better drawstring and the regular model these would be a perfect pair of shorts. Get prepared for the Spring Running season and get yourself a pair.You can find these shorts here and they run $80.
No one ever said good footage comes easy. Check out what went into the filming of “We Are the Faction Collective” web series. Oh, and by the way, Faction skis rock — we tested them last spring in Jackson Hole with Marmot and Exum Mountain Guides and they did not disappoint.Editing and cinematography : Etienne MérelAdditional filmers : Bokeh Production // Maxime Moulin // Benjamin NardiniColor correction : BeaurepaireSong : Sleigh Bells – A/B MachinesFind out more: http://www.facebook.com/faction // twitter.com/factionskis // instagram.com/factionskis
If you’ve never taken a multi-day bicycle tour vacation, then 2016 should be your year to give Bike Virginia a try. We are hosting our 29th year of our June bike vacation June 24-29, 2016.When you strike out with Bike Virginia you get to RIDE, RIDE, RIDE. When else in life to you get to concentrate on doing the thing that makes you feel great, puts a smile on your face and puts the world into perspective? Riding for 6 days is like no other bike experience.We also offer a weekend package too, 3 days of riding for those who want to give us a try or who have schedules that just don’t allow a 6 day trip right now.Great TrainingRiding for 6 days is great training for any cyclist. Base training that includes an extended period of riding can put you at the top of your game for the remainder of the summer. Using the tour as a 6 day base training program lets you step it up and take riding to an even more enjoyable level whether you want to race, or just want to tackle longer rides, or feel better at the end of a ride.Change it UpGet a big change of pace by taking a bike-cation! Admit it, you know it is true. Getting away from the daily grind is just what you need to put things in perspective. A bike vacation puts you in the right kind of action and out of the day to day rat-race. Ride, eat up, drink a cold one, listen to some live music, laugh with friends that love cycling too, sleep like a baby, and do it again.Meet Riders from Around the WorldAt our event you get to meet other people that get it. No one there will give you that strange look you get in the office when you talk about your bike like a lovesick puppy. You are not alone, there will be over 1,500 other people at Bike Virginia that share your passion! At our Virginia bike event you can openly love biking with a whole bunch of other people that feel the same love.Let Us Take Care of The DetailsYour job at Bike Virginia is to relax and ride. Enjoy it, don’t worry about the details, our expert team of staff and volunteers take care of the details for routes, food, SAG support, entertainment, camping, hotels, and so much more.At Bike Virginia we take care of everything you need to have a great vacation where every day you spend with us is a great day on the bike. All you have to do is pick the distance you want for the day from one of premium expertly planned routes. Choose from short to long, rolling to climbing. There’s something for everyone! Just follow signs which point the way to keep you pedaling, smiling, and pedaling some more.Families WelcomeBike Virginia offers a host of feature services for families including kids free and a family camping area. Let us help you connect with family and make some great memories to last a lifetime.[divider]more from blueridgeoutdoors.com[/divider]
Ever fanaticized what it would be like to take a trip to the Wild West? To journey to a place where cottonwood trees grow like massive arms from the banks of the Arkansas River and the snow-covered peaks of the Sawatch Range highlight the arid landscape? Take a drive down Main Street in Buena Vista (or BV) one time and you’ll get all of this. The San Isabel National Forest and the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area surround BV, so you’ll need to bring your bike, boat, and running stuff, because this place has it all.PlayThe Numbers section of the Arkansas River is deemed the best Class IV run in the state of Colorado, and arguably the country. This big wave, hole dodging, thrill ride will weave you through a stunning western landscape at the foot of the Collegiate Range. Take HWY 24 from Buena Vista towards Leadville for approximately 14 miles to access the put-in. You can also slide into the river one mile below the AVA’s Rafting Post in Granite. Either park a car at the Railroad Bridge, six miles downstream, or just float the 11 miles back to Buena Vista hitting the Class III Fraction’s section as well. Tight channels, steep drops, and quick moves make this a classic summertime run. StayThe outstanding scenery, clear skies, and “Wild West” feel beg for a night spent under the stars. BLM land surrounds the town making the possibilities for a (free)backcountry camping endless. Look up CO 304 when you go. You can find small primitive car camping spots dispersed along the length of the road. The camp spots are situated above the town and stare at Mount Princeton. You won’t even need to drive your vehicle into town the next day because singletrack connects downtown to CO 304. EatThe eateries are plentiful in Buena Vista. Start the morning with a coffee from Buena Vista Coffee Roasters. The WiFi connection is strong so you can work here all day if need be. The breakfast burritos are a town favorite, especially right before a ride or paddle. When you are finished running around for the day head over to the Rock House for amazing sandwiches or their signature bowls. If you’re craving a beer with your dinner and want an awesome wood-fired pizza, head to Eddyline Brewery in South Main. Like what you see in this post? Check out some of our favorite apparel and shoes from La Sportiva, the Damascus Elite hiker sock from Farm to Feet, and the always comfortable Crazy Creek chair.
No, we are not talking about dirtbags here. In the outdoors, as in life, you will encounter personalities that rub you the wrong way, offend you, repel you, and even cause you to reconsider every life choice you’ve ever made. It’s time to meet the worst people in the outdoor world.Many years ago, as a sneaky teenager flirting with the prospect of shoplifting, I slipped through the carved wooden doors of Mountain Chalet, the mountaineering shop in my hometown. There, a taut and tanned employee spent hours helping me select the internal frame backpack on which I’d spend a year’s worth of babysitting earnings.I was indecisive, so she showed me pack after pack. She demonstrated how to adjust the straps. She even added and removed sand bags so I could feel how different packs distributed weight. As she buzzed around, I noticed a shiny Petzl headlamp left on the counter, tags still on. I couldn’t afford both the pack and the light, but I wanted both. It wasn’t even a decision; I simply knew I’d steal the headlamp, and I monitored it throughout my pack-fitting endeavor hoping no one would put it back where it belonged, with the other pricey headlamps under lock and key.But between fastening that hip belt on my tenth pack and ringing up my purchase an hour later, I made a better choice. Crime was not in my future. Instead, I wanted to be just like the woman who helped me, a muscled and confident part-time Outward Bound instructor who had regaled me with tales of skiing Pikes Peak, sea kayaking in Baja and cooking a Thanksgiving turkey in a pit dug way out in the Utah desert.This was circa 1990, and that kind, expansive woman lured me into what would become a very long and persevering relationship with outdoor adventures. Since then, I’ve met many an intrepid, inspiring explorer. But in the past 26 years I have also met multitudes of people who, frankly, were annoying as hell. Unlike that guardian angel who inadvertently kept me out of juvie, there are people who gravitate to the outdoors who are selfish, shallow, and self-absorbed. Douchebags. A-holes. Worse. We bet you know a few. If not, here are some of the ones we find most offensive.The DiminutizerBefore going to college, I took a semester off and landed a scholarship for a Colorado Outward Bound School backcountry ski and mountaineering course. For 12 days in January, we skied and camped in the Collegiate Mountains near Leadville, and I discovered I loved skinning uphill. I also learned I had a paralyzing fear of exposure. Despite gravity’s steadfast ability to keep my body earth-bound, I entertained visions of plummeting off mountainsides, even when there were no nearby cliffs to tumble from. This fear manifested in shaking legs and tearful eyes, short breaths, and a proliferation of snot, all of which came on in force the day we skied to the top of Mount Elbert, Colorado’s highest peak at 14,439 feet. The instructor who was stuck with me clearly thought he got the short end of the stick when I stopped mid skin and refused to advance.“This isn’t even steep!” he exclaimed. I stifled a sob and shuffled forward, dizzy with doubt. “Seriously,” he continued, “I did harder climbs when I was nine.” I whimpered. “You realize you’re not mountaineer quality, right?” I asked if we had to reach the summit. Jaw clenched, he nodded. Under his breath, but loud enough so I could hear, he whispered he was so sick of this shit. Then he said out loud, “One more month. That’s all that’s standing between me and Everest.” We made the summit and I even skied down. He was the first true asshole I met in the outdoors, but definitely not the last.Caveman CollectiveThe LocalSeveral years ago my husband and I skied out the gate into the backcountry abutting Wyoming’s Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. We followed tracks south to the top of a popular canyon called Four Pines. While we contemplated our options for descending, a group skied up with enough duct tape on their ski poles to hold a life raft together. When they lifted their goggles, the raccoon tans on their faces were so severe it led to a singular conclusion: These men and women skied all day, every day. They eyed us up and down and then boldly asked, “You from around here?”“No, we’re from Boulder.”Eye rolls. Then one of them pulled out a phone and dialed a number. “Yo,” she said into the receiver. “In-bounds is over. Meet us on Four Pines. OB is where it’s at.” She paused and glared at us before continuing her conversation. “At least until all the tourons ski it out.”The MoochLast winter, I invited a friend to a fancy, high-priced ski resort for a day on the slopes—my treat. Actually, that’s somewhat disingenuous. I was reporting a story, and the resort PR folks gave me an extra ticket (at my request) so I could bring a friend, which would add color to my piece. So when I say I treated her to a day of skiing, that’s true, but I didn’t pay actual money for her ticket. So maybe I shouldn’t be bothered that she asked me to pay for parking. And for gas money. And she didn’t offer to buy me a beer or lunch or anything to say, hey, thanks for saving me $180 on a day pass. Note to readers: Always offer to buy a beer for the person getting you a discount or pro deal or anything free (even if it didn’t cost them money but came through professional contacts). If they don’t drink, chocolate goes a long way.The BraggartIf he’s child-free and single, it’s the many days he’s logged climbing/camping/mountain biking/living in his truck/surfing in Mexico/surfing in Oregon/driving Canada’s Icefields Parkway/riding Moab/climbing Half Dome/being a raft guide/poaching the wilderness on his mountain bike/boating the Grand Canyon/being fearless and lackadaisical and free—certainly much more free than you, you putz. If he’s got kids, it’s that he’s booked every campsite every weekend from now through three months from now, and that his kid hiked four miles to a remote backcountry campsite without complaint, and that junior can already ski the back bowls and he’s still in kindergarten! This person forgot (or never knew) that there is too much of a good thing, especially when talking about his own awesomeness.The Social Media MavenWho cares how #blessed you are when you #exploremore and #getoutside? Doing #SUPyoga at #sunrise doesn’t make you more #blissed than me. Especially when I see it on your Insta/Twitter/Facebook/Snapchat feed within minutes of said #accomplishment. Instead it’s like #OMFG.The Rearview Mirror LookerMention mountain biking in Crested Butte, and most people exclaim how rad the 401 trail is. Let them have Schofield Pass. The real goods are out of Crested Butte South, up the Cement Creek Drainage, where a 20-plus-mile loop known as Reno/Bear/Flagg/Deadman rewards three quad-burning, multi-mile climbs with as many single track descents. They’re long and flow through meadows of wildflowers, aspen groves, and oasis-like creek crossings. This is supreme mountain bike riding, except for when it’s not. And the conditions are not superlative after heavy storms when pounding rain leaves big divots in the trail, or after the motocross folks tear up the trails, leaving a thick layer of dust where there once was tacky dirt.It’s a Jekyll and Hyde situation, the same trail, two polar opposite experiences. Which means you may end up riding it with someone who starts off raving about the flow, the climbs, only to emerge dusty, bloodied (from falling into the trail ruts), and complaining about how—seriously—this was so amazing last season. “Honestly,” she’ll whine, “you should have ridden it then. It was so rad. You’re really missing out now.”And, if I’m being completely honest, that pain in the ass whiner might actually be me.